Pro Tools Operator, Mixing/Mastering Engineer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer/Songwriter. I've produced songs and recorded as a session musician on multiple Grammy-considered compilation albums.
My name is Ryan Hickman, AKA Aluvu (pronounced "all of you"). I have been doing music for almost 13 years now. I have been doing audio production for about 5 years, interned as a tech at Norco College's recording studio for 2 years, and have tutored Music Theory for about a year. I have experience in all kinds of different genres, including Rock/Metal, Pop, Future Bass/Trap, R&B, and House, to name just a few. My specialty in production is combining different styles/genres to achieve fresh and memorable textures. I've recently made my independent debut in two EDM-influenced R&B tracks with my close friend, Farris.
I use Waves and Izotope plugins for general mixing/mastering, and Native Instruments, XFer, AIR Instruments, Toontrack, Splice, and Cymatics products for production. I also play some guitar and keys, and can sing. I've been told I can produce "badass and realistic MIDI drums," and have an ear for solid guitar tones.
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Interview with Aluvu
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm getting ready to release a song that's been a long-time coming called "Run Away With Me." I produced the instrumental and came up with the concept for this song way back in 2016. It was initially inspired by a piece of art made by another student at my college. Fast forward to 2018, I finally was in a more creative headspace as a songwriter, and finished all the lyrics. And then this year, my mentor, Brady Kerr, and I finished all the melodies and harmonies for our friend Ela to sing. I engineered and produced her vocals alongside Brady in the studio.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I am helping mix and master Norco Music's upcoming 9th studio album, which is due for release this November!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Paisley. He and I have spent countless hours working together, and collaborate on new music as often as we can. https://soundbetter.com/profiles/178420-paisley
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It hardly ever feels like a job. I get so much enjoyment out of it, and I know I'm always growing because of it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Evolving. I'm constantly working on my craft, and incorporating new techniques and sounds.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: San Holo. He's ridiculously talented, and has a chill personality.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be open to and actively seek critical feedback. You don't have to live inside your own head all the time, and you probably shouldn't anyway. There's always something to improve upon.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I come from a Rock background, but have been spending a lot of time honing my skills in EDM, Pop, and Hip Hop production.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Always going above and beyond.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Sensitivity to whatever emotion or vibe the song is trying to convey.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All different kinds of people. Linkin Park, Porter Robinson, San Holo, Illenium, Periphery, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, and so many others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, mastering, programming realistic MIDI drums for Rock and Metal.